THE Ulster Ram Breeders’ Association held its 6th Blackface In Lamb and Dry Ewe Lamb Sale on Monday, February 14, in Ballymena Livestock Mart.
Fifty-five in-lamb ewes sold out of 63, averaging £1,081, and three dry ewe lambs sold averaging £788, proving to be as popular a sale as ever with buyers coming from all over the Province and Scotland.
John and Patrick Harkin, Loughash, received the top price of the night at 5800gns for a Lanark gimmer by 26k Elsmscleugh, sire of dam: 20k Auldhouseburn, scanned single by Maloney (homebred son of 38k Dalchirla) sold to Cloughfin Blackfaces.
Charlie and Cathal Harkin, “The Rock,” Loughash, received 4000gns for a one-crop by a son of 24k Crossflatt, sire of dam: 24k Elmscleugh (she’s a full sister to 40k) scanned triplets to Top Secret. This was closely followed by a gimmer from Karl O Mullan, sire: 5k High Staward, scanned single by 18k Auldhouseburn making 3200gns.
Paul McEvoy, Kilcoo, headed up the Perth prices of the night receiving 1600gns for a three-crop, sire: full brother to 8k McEvoy, scanned twins to 6.5k homebred (shared with McAleer and Canny) selling to Ian and Gary Watson, Macosquin, Coleraine.
Mark and Russell Smyth, Coler-aine (Cam Blackface), received 1500gns for a two-crop, sire: 7.5k Auchnacloich, scanned single by 1k (bought 2021) Sam and Stuart Adams.
Following this was a gimmer from Gavin and Willard Watson, Macosquin, Coleraine (Mayfair Blackface), getting 1100gns, sire 3.5k Haughton, scanned twins to 4k Robinson.
This was the first year that dry ewe lambs were up for sale and proved very successful for Tom Adams and sons Joe and Archie, selling the top two prices in this section, receiving 1000gns for a lamb by 10k Woolfords (Fireman) out of a 500gns Eastmill ewe and 800gns for another ewe lamb by 5k McEvoy out of a 7.5k Auchnacloich (Goose) ewe.
Other leading prices – 2600gns, 1800gns, Loughash, P & J Harkin; 2000gns, 1600gns, 1100gns, C & C Phillips; 1800gns, “The Rock” C & C Harkin; 1500gns, 1150gns, A McFarlane; 1400gns, 1050gns, 750gns D Kennedy; 1050gns T Harkin; 1000gns S & J Carson; 950gns, 750gns D Harrison; 900gns, 700gns C McAteer; 850gns, 740gns Grant Bros; 780gns, 700gns G Wallace; 750gns P McEvoy; 750gns J McCalmont; 750gns C Carmichael.
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access.